On arrival in Aruba, we walked the shopping areas downtown. Plenty of jewelry stores and watches if that is your thing. Typical T-shirt and trinket vendors there as well. We took the Sunset Catamaran and Cocktails excursion. [Sunset Cocktail Cruise - AR11]. It was nice. Plenty of drinks and no "tickets" to get drinks. They had the requisite Rum Punch and various mixed drinks. There was also beer available. The sunset was gorgeous and the full moon rose immediately after the sun set. This was worth the ticket.
Aruba was windy and cloudy but we weren't bothered because I had booked the sunset cruise on the Jolly Rogers pirate ship. I had a feeling that the 1 pm port time would mean the daylight would be gone quicker than I had imagined and didn't want to waste money on tours or day passes for 4-5 hours. We got dropped off at Eagle Beach by paying $5 each for a beach bus and lounged around at Passions Bar under their beachfront shade palapas. There were barely any people there, so it was calm and relaxing. We took a van up to Moomba Beach for another $2/person and ate at Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant before getting on the sunset cruise.
4 People in our group did this tour with the RCCL, they said it was beautiful. They took pictures and I have to say, the Catamaran they were on pulls up in front of the Adventure of The Seas and they grabbed Beautiful pics of them with the entire ship in back ground.They said cruise was very clean and worth the price
This was a very beautiful catamaran sail. Very nice hosts. It was just a pleasant way to end the day...and take some nice pictures. Easy on and off as the catamaran boarding was only a short walk from the ship.
Loved sailing around the island, however I, like a lot of others thought it was suppose to be more of a romantic sailing as the original excursion described, but I think after the ship came in later and they had to adjust people, the excursion turned into a party boat. It was still fun!
We booked a tour independently through Blue Melody on the Black Pearl. We took a taxi to the Marriott Surf Club and hung out on the beach and had a drink at the local restaurant until it was time for our sunset sail. The beach was beautiful and the water was warm. The cost of our tour through Blue Melody was $50 a person and could be paid with cash or credit card. There were only about 12-16 people on our tour which was nice and it lasted about three hours. We stopped at two places to snorkel and there were big tropical fish to be seen. My husband even filmed some squid swimming around! The crew from Blue Melody were very nice and provided both beverages as well as delicious sandwiches. We had rum punch and each ate three sandwiches (two tomato, cheese and italian spice sandwiches and one grilled cheese that was made with Gouda and garlic bread) soooooo good! We also got the beautiful Aruba sunset that we were hoping for. After the cruise ended we were emailed a link to a free video they had taken during our tour. Altogether a very good value and highly recommended.
Lots of fun and great views. Due to the heavy drinking and some wild behavior I would not recommend this cruise to families with young children. We did not drink but the rum punch seemed to be very potent.
When were arrived to the pier building, we were directed to a table and were given a green paper to sign, most just signed it and went to wait for the tour. My husband DID read it and was upset that we we had to sign this form releasing everyone including HAL from any responsibility if anything happened to you. We chose to lose our money and hurried back on the ship to go to dinner. It would have better if HAL had been upfront about this in the excursion description and we would have not chosen it. We did not have to sign any other forms on any of our other HAL excursions which were on boats also.
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